OWENSBORO, Ky. - Harold O. 'Hal' Schroeder, Sr., 87, of Owensboro, Ky passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at his home. He was born on July 19, 1926 in Perry Co., IN to the late William H. and Lola Winchell Schroeder. He was an active member of Zion United Church of Christ where he loyally served on numerous committees and councils. He was retired from the General Electric Co. after 38 years of service. Hal was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and also had been in the Merchant Marines. In his early years in Perry Co., he was a graduate of Tell City High School where he was quite an athlete having played football, basketball, and baseball. He was the first player at T.C.H.S. to start shooting the one-handed jump shot. He also played semi-pro baseball for the former Tell City Grays in the late 40’s and 50’s having competed against some of the former Cincinnati Reds players of that time. While playing basketball, he participated on some exhibition teams against the Harlem Globtrotters. He epitomized the phrase 'Family Man' and relished every opportunity to vacation and visit with his family.
Hal was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Schroeder on September 2, 1999, brothers, William A., Richard F., and Lloyd R. Schroeder, and a sister, Jessie B. Young.
Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Bradley and husband Bill of Owensboro, three sons, Brian Schroeder and wife Marsha of Owensboro, Hal Schroeder, Jr. of Atlanta, GA, and Greg Schroeder and wife Debbie of Huntsville, AL, six grandchildren, Laura Bradley of Lexington, Danielle (Ben) Burch of Lexington, Heather and Bryan Schroeder, both of Atlanta, and Alison and Lindsey Schroeder, both of Owensboro.
The family would like to give a special thanks to his caregiver, Anita Smith, for all the compassion and care she gave him.
Services will be 12 Noon Thursday, February 27, at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Lori Keller Schroeder officiating. Entombment will follow in Owensboro Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday and after 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion United Church of Christ, 625 Allen St., Owensboro, Ky 42303. Online condolences may be placed at www.glennfuneralhome.com.
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